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Gardner Heritage 
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Visitor Information 

Interpretive Programs 

The park offers a wide variety of public programs for 
children and adults. Natural and cultural history themes, 
workshops such as make your own fiber-rush footstool, 
school group tours and scout programs are examples of the 
types of programming available. Please contact the Visitor 
Services Supervisor for information. 

Winter Recreation: Before visiting Dunn State Park 
please call the park for ice conditions and other winter 
related information. 

Universal Access Program 

The program is dedicated to providing outdoor recreation 
opportunities in Massachusetts State Forests and Parks to 
visitors of all abilities. For more information and a free 
brochure that highlights the parks that offer a wider range 
of accommodations call (413) 545-5353. 

Gardner Heritage State Park. 

Fishing Derby, Dunn State 

lebrates "Chair City." 

Visitors Center, downtown 

265 Central Street 
Gardner, MA 01440 
(978) 630-1497 

Housed in a handsome brick building that once served as the 
city's fire station, the Gardner downtown Visitors Center 
provides two floors of interactive exhibits that feature the 
history of chair making and silversmithing. Begin your tour 
by punching a factory time clock that was actually invented 
in Gardner. On video, follow step by step and see how a 
chair is made and a spoon is formed from a bar of silver. 
There is an eight-foot high chair that makes a great prop for 
a photograph and a porch of pure Victorian gingerbread 
architecture where you can settle in a comfortable wicker 
seat just as if it were 1901 again. Push the button alongside 
an old photograph and you will see a history of Gardner's 
ethnic groups light up for you to read. 

Hours: Sunday and Monday 12 noon to 4:00 PM 
Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM 

Accessibility: The building and exhibits are accessible. 
Assisted listening devices are available for interpretive 

Admission: Free. Allow one hour to view the exhibits 
Directions: Route 2 to exit 22 - Route 68. Follow Route 68 
north, look for Gardner Heritage State Park signs which lead 
to the Visitors Center. 

Parking: Metered parking along the street and a municipal 
parking lot off of West Lynde Street 
Public Transportation: Gardner MART bus that serves the 
greater Gardner area. 

Dunn State Park 

289 Pearl Street (Route 101) 
Gardner, MA 01440 
(978) 632-7897 

Just a 5 minute drive from the downtown Visitors Center, 
Dunn State Park offers: 120 acres of open space featuring a 
20 acre pond, a year round Visitors Center that includes 
comfortable chairs and a beautiful granite fireplace, 
interpretive programs, and a wide variety of outdoor 
recreation opportunities. During the summer the park is 
open for swimming. There is a boat launch for canoes and 
non-motorized boating. Paddle boats may be rented. 
During the winter the pond is a popular spot for ice skating 
and the Visitors Center often boasts a roaring fire to help 
warm fingers and toes. Hiking trails, fishing, picnicking 
and play equipment can be enjoyed throughout the year. 

The picnic area and playground are designed for 
wheelchair accessibility. A beach wheelchair and accessible 
swim ramp enhance access into the water. A 3/4 mile 
stonedust trail welcomes all visitors to explore the woods. 
An accessible fishing pier is located off of Betty Spring 
Road. A handcranked paddleboat is available for rent from 
an accessible floating dock. In addition, assisted listening 
equipment is available for park interpretive programs. 
Adaptive skating equipment is available free of charge, but 
reservations are recommended. 

Hours: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (or sunset) 

Admission: Free 

Directions: From the downtown Visitors Center - Follow 

Central Street (Route 101 north) through rotary. Continue 

on Rte. 101. Dunn State Park will be approx. 1/2 mile on 

the right. 

From Route 2 - take Route 140 north. Turn left at the 

second light onto Rte. 101 south. The park is one mile up 

on the left. 

Parking: No Fee 

Public Transportation: Gardner MART bus that serves the 

greater Gardner area. 

Gardner Heritage State Park. 

(Photo by Jon Crispin) 


Pull up a rocker on the Victorian porch and consider the 
remarkable accomplishment of American enterprise in 
Gardner: a single craftsman began making chairs in 1 805 
and just over a century later the city had 39 factories 
producing more than 4 million chairs a year. From cane 
seats to train seats, chair making has been the hallmark of 
the Gardner community for almost 200 years. Return to the 
days of this and several other extraordinary local handi- 
crafts and follow their progression all the way 
to the present. 

Gardner Heritage State Park, part of the Massachusetts 
State Forests and Parks system, has two locations. The 
downtown Visitors Center, where the history of the city's 
chair making industry unfolds and Dunn State Park, a pond 
side retreat on the banks of Dunn Pond where the focus is 
outdoor recreation. Both locations offer a wide variety of 
public programs for children and adults throughout 
the year. 

About the Massachusetts 
Heritage State Parks 

The Heritage State Park program is a national model for 
urban environmental design, historic preservation, and 
economic revitalization. Established in 1978, the parks 
celebrate city heritage, encourage private development, 
bring people into downtown, provide recreational opportu- 
nities, and create urban spaces for the whole community to 
enjoy. Heritage State Parks like Gardner have been 
developed in Lynn, Lowell, Lawrence, Holyoke, North 
Adams (Western Gateway), Uxbridge (Blackstone Valley), 
Fall River, and Boston (Roxbury) 

Access to Snow, Dunn 
State Park. (Photo by 
Jon Crispin) 

Fishing Derby, Dunn State 

General Information 

For more information on the Massachusetts State Forests 

and Parks system and a free Guide to Recreation call DEM, 

Office of Public Information at (617)626-1253, toll free 

within Massachusetts 1-800-831-0569, or visit our web site: 


Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

Argeo Paul Cellucci, Governor 
Jane M. Swift, Lt. Governor 

Executive Office of Environmental Affairs 

Bob Durand, Secretary 

Department of Environmental 

Peter C. Webber, Commissioner 

Print Date 1999 

This brochure is available in alternative 
formats for people with disabilities 
upon request. 

Recycled paper 

Cover: Gardner Heritage 
State Park. Background: 
Fishing Derby, Dunn State 

(All Photos by Kindra 
Clineff© unless otherwise